Capitol Hill shooting now a murder investigation as 13th/Olive victim dies — UPDATE

img_9697-600x401The 31-year-old man shot in what was described as a targeted assault on a Capitol Hill street earlier this month has died.

Detectives are now investigating the early morning November 13th shooting at 13th and E Olive St as a homicide, Seattle Police confirmed Wednesday morning.

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of a memorial to the victim left at 13th and Olive

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of a memorial to the victim left at 13th and Olive

The victim in the shooting died in the hospital earlier this week. Witnesses reported multiple shots being fired and the victim reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the neck as he was jumped while at the corner of 13th and Olive with a small group. Officers spoke with several witnesses who said the suspect ran up to the victim, shot him several times, and then ran away.

The victim has not yet been publicly identified. UPDATE: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jacob Osborne-Bash.

Police are looking for a white SUV type vehicle the shooter is believed to have left the area in following the shooting. Police say though there were witnesses to the incident, they do not have a good description of the suspect.

The incident comes in a string of gun violence across Capitol Hill and the East Precinct.

UPDATE x2: Police say a stolen glock pistol was found on the ground near the victim and baggies containing 41 grams of cocaine were handed over to police by emergency room medical personnel after being found when Osborne-Bash was taken to Harborview. Continue reading

Police investigate reported 12th and Fir shooting

A male victim was hit in the upper body after a shooting late Monday night near 12th Ave and E Fir.

Police were called to the area to a report of gunfire just after 11:30 PM and found the victim nearby. Seattle Fire transported the victim to Harborview for treatment.

The shooter reportedly fled in a vehicle seen leaving the area.

Information in this report has not yet been confirmed by Seattle Police or Seattle Fire. UPDATE 11/22/2016 3:58 PM: A SPD spokesperson says our details of the incident are accurate and that little is known about what lead to the shooting.

Katsu Burger Capitol Hill coming to 12th Ave

There is a burger. And then there is a Katsu Burger. The deep fried Japanese burger master is bringing its creations to Capitol Hill with plans to stuff your jolly Santa belly with an opening of the new restaurant (hopefully) before Christmas.

“By demand and popularity we thought Capitol Hill would be a perfect place to open,” Stephanie Kang tells CHS. After nearly two years of searching for the right kind of space, Katsu Burger will finally arrive.

Kang, who purchased the business from the old school Katsu Burger creator sushi chef Hajime Sato, will take over the space left empty by the financial implosion at The Old Sage. That upscale concept closed its doors in June as owner Brian McCracken struggled through a $2.4 million bankruptcy. McCracken’s Tavern Law still neighbors the coming soon Katsu Burger Capitol Hill home — it has been taken over by new ownership. Continue reading

Developer completes 12th Ave affordable housing trifecta

Reverb apartments as seen from the rooftop of its sister building, Decibel.

Reverb apartments as seen from the rooftop of its sister building, Decibel.

In 2014, CHS wondered whether Capitol Hill’s affordable housing might not be built on Capitol Hill but in the neighborhoods to the south along 12th Ave. Today, a trio of Capitol Hill-adjacent affordable housing developments from Spectrum Development Solutions has been completed.

Reverb Apartments, the final of three developments in the 12th and Alder area of the Central District, threw an open house party on Thursday featuring music and a community event to show off the newly opened building.

“It’s been a long journey, and we’re really excited to be a part of the community and to play hopefully an important role in bringing workforce housing to this area. It’s much needed,” Spectrum’s Jake McKinstry told CHS.

Across the three buildings, 56 units qualify as affordable with the other projects priced as “workforce” housing designed to appeal to young, working professionals willing to sacrifice space and perks like parking in exchange for proximity to employment centers and public transit. Spectrum is focusing on “the missing middle” — teachers, nurses and other young professionals, who are trying to live near their jobs and don’t qualify for affordable housing, McKinstry said. Continue reading

Police search for vehicle after 13th Ave shooting

Police gather evidence after a shooting on the southwest corner of 13th and E Olive St early Sunday morning (Image: CHS)

A male victim was hit and a vehicle was reported speeding away in an overnight shooting near 13th and E Olive St early Sunday.

Police reported hearing gunfire from the area around 1:30 AM and arrived to find a male down with a gunshot wound to the neck, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

UPDATE: A sergeant at the scene said the shooting appears to have involved a close “exchange” of gunfire and that a handgun was recovered from the victim. The officer said around five or six shots were fired. Continue reading

An artful goodbye to 1901-built Capitol Hill house set to make way for apartment building

Add a funeral, of sorts, to your Capitol Hill weekend plans. We introduced you to the Seattle Demo Project as the collaborative of artists, designers, and architects activated “the ghosts” of a Central District house slated for demolition. Their latest muse has been the single-family style, 1901 built house at the corner of 12th and Thomas. Thursday night, the group is marking their final show inside the 115-year-old house: Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Gnocchi Bar latest to say arrivederci to 12th and Pine

The meatball-loving dogs of Capitol Hill might end up the biggest losers in all of this. But we’re all going to miss out on the underrated treats of Gnocchi Bar. Owner Lisa Nakamura has announced a November 20th last night of service for the gnocchi restaurant and dessert spot at the corner of 12th and Pine.

“I am proud and honored that so many of you have come in, dined with us, patronized our little shop, purchased our gnocchi in grocery stores and have made yourselves part of our family,” Nakamura wrote in the announcement sent to customers Tuesday. “You helped make one woman’s vision into a reality, and for that, thank you so very much.” Continue reading

More employees taking the helm on Capitol Hill with new owners at Scratch Deli

When former Scratch Deli owner Ian Thackaberry wanted to find someone to take over his business, he didn’t have to look far. No farther, in fact, than his own kitchen and counter crew.

“The old owner came to each of us individually being, like, “Hey, would you have any interest in doing this?” Scratch’s Daniel O’Connell said.

As it turned out, they would. But only if they could do it together, and share the responsibility of running a business they love.

The result? O’Connell says he and three coworkers — Brandon Frosch, Erika Macias and Laura Rains — teamed up and bought Scratch from Thackaberry on October 1st. They also took over the lease to the building that houses the deli.

“I think it worked out for all of us,” says O’Connell. “It was a very serendipitous occurrence.” Continue reading

Queen Anne’s Cake Skincare expanding to 12th Ave

1475173463534Since 2009, Cake Skincare estheticians have been building a reputation as the eyebrow experts of Queen Anne. Come later this fall, they will be making a run for the title on Capitol Hill with a new location on 12th Ave.

“We want to make sure we can give people on the other side of Mercer the option to see us,” said Cake founder Katrina Rising.

Cake’s second home will be near 12th and Pike at the space formerly occupied by Manhattan steakhouse, which closed in November. In addition to brows, Rising and her team of six provide facials, sugaring, waxing, lash extensions and lash lifts.

On Sunday, the Cake crew will be at 11th Ave’s Chophouse Row for a Capitol Hill “mini teaser debut,” offering free skin and brow consultations, goody bags, and samples. Continue reading

Film festival explores Capitol Hill’s ‘rapid development and change’ in two minutes or less

A quick search through Craigslist will tell you how artists are getting priced out of Capitol Hill. Not so easily quantifiable is what effect that is having on artists and the neighborhood as a whole. A series of 2-minute dance films is seeking to shed some light on the subject.

Dance Film Challenge is a film festival on Capitol Hill about Capitol Hill sponsored by Capitol Hill arts institutions. The challenge: Teams submit two-minute dance films “reflecting the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the crossroads that Capitol Hill artists, communities and residents are facing in this period of rapid development and change.” Winners selected by the audience will be given a one month residency at the V2 temporary art space on 11th Ave. Ten submissions will be screened Thursday at Northwest Film Forum. Continue reading

Take a look inside the Capitol Hill Real World Seattle house

The production is wrapped and the 12th Ave space transformed into living quarters and a set for the MTV reality series Real World is being flipped back to offices. Editors are probably frantically splicing together dramatic scenes in time for the show’s announced October premier. Even if you aren’t interested in the fabricated human drama that played out across the neighborhood, you probably want to know what kind of couches they sat on, right? Warning: contains couch spoilers. Here is a sneak preview complete with “the only room with doors” in the house — the Real World confessional.

Police investigate suspicious package outside E Precinct — UPDATE

The package outside the E Precinct. (Image: @chris84wa via Twitter)

Seattle Police closed several blocks on Capitol Hill Sunday afternoon while investigating a suspicious package outside the department’s 12th and Pine East Precinct.

Police deployed a robot to investigate what appeared to be a black suitcase on 12th Ave just south of E Pine. Police said streets would be closed periodically in the area as the investigation continued.

UPDATE: A SPD officer picked up the package around 1:45 PM. Police began reopening streets to pedestrians and letting residents back inside buildings.

UPDATE 9/19/2016: SPD tells us that the item turned out to not be dangerous but the man believed responsible for leaving it outside the precinct was taken into custody and is currently being held in King County Jail after being booked on investigation of a “threat to bomb.”